Women Finish Second, Men Third at BIG EAST Outdoors
May 12, 2018

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GENEVA, Ohio - The DePaul women's track and field team placed second and the men finished third as the BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded on Saturday. The two teams combined for nine conference titles on Saturday including a sweep of the 4x100-meter relay events while the women's team posted its best finish at a BIG EAST Championship meet.

"We managed to survive a few lightening/rain delays and temperatures in the low 50s to have a really solid meet," said head coach Dave Dopek. "The women's team had an awesome weekend with a record six conference championships, and the most points that we have ever scored in a conference meet. It was truly a pleasure to watch them compete this weekend. They are an exceptional group of ladies and we are very proud of how they performed. Plus coming home with a trophy for your efforts is always nice."

Three Blue Demons defended titles on Saturday as Brian Mada claimed his third straight BIG EAST title in the triple jump, Kyle Decker won his third straight crown in the 110-meter hurdles and Kyle Hedge went back-to-back in the shot put. Decker posted his third straight conference title with a time of 14.56 in the hurdles. Mada won the triple jump with a winning distance of 15.38 meters and Hedge posted a personal best in the shot put at 16.64 meters. The triple jump and shot put also features fifth-place finishes for Chris Cadet (14.36m - triple jump) and Alex Murray (14.21m - shot put).

"While we did manage four champions and plenty of other podium spots for the men's team, we just couldn't put it all together. We started fast on Saturday with a couple of quick wins in the 4x100, 110 hurdles, and shot put, but it seemed that the rain/lightening delays/rolling meet schedule started to take a little wind out of our sails," continued Dopek. "They competed hard and with the determination that I've come to expect from them, but in the end it just wasn't our day. Overall, it was a good weekend for our programs."

The women's team claimed both the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay events on Saturday. Jessica Watkins, Kiersten Walker, Laura Edwards and Alexia Brooks combined for a winning time of 46.14 in the 4x100 before Edwards, Simone Carr, Rutendo Chimbaru and Walker ran the fastest 4x400 in a time of 3:43.98.

Brooks won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 13.50 while Caroline Muller matched her personal best at 1.65 meters to win the high jump. Emily Eller won the shot put with a mark of 14.44 meters and finished third in the discus with a personal best distance of 40.04 meters.

The men's team won the 4x100-meter relay as Adam Nelson, Brendan Van Voorhis, Isaac Walker and Sebastian Feyersinger finished ahead of the pack in a time of 41.17. DePaul nearly pulled off a relay double-play as the men's squad was second in the 4x400-meter relay. Walker, Jarvis Friend-Grace, Evan Lowry and Feyersinger were runner-up with a time of 3:16.79.

The women's triple jumpers turned in an impressive performance as the Blue Demons took second, third, fourth and fifth in the event to rack up 23 team points. Gabrielle Howard was second with a school and personal record of 12.09 meters followed by Sydnee Matthew (11.99m - PR), Jade Nolan (11.71m) and Terece Brown (11.58m).

Kiersten Walker finished second in the 200-meter dash (24.36 - PR) and fourth in the 400-meter dash (55.62). Other top finishers on Saturday included a second place for Nelson in the men's 100-meter dash (10.61 - PR), a third place for Watkins in the women's 100 meters (11.93).

Feyersinger placed third in the 400-meter dash (47.90), Friend-Grace was third in the 400-meter hurdles (53.75) and Dominic Marshall took third in the discus with a throw of 46.87 meters. Kyle Hedge followed Marshall in fifth place at 45.09 meters.

Fourth-place finishers on Saturday included Elizabeth Endy in the 800-meter run (2:10.98), Carr in the 400-meter hurdles (1:01.73 - PR) and the 4x800-meter relay squad of Lizzie De Joie, Jessica Sanborn, Margaret Hastings and Endy in a time of 9:03.10.

Gates was named the BIG EAST Championship Outstanding Field Performer for her performance during the meet in the throws. Marquette won the men's title with 230.5 points while the Blue Demons were third with 124 points. The women's title was won by Villanova with 196 points ahead of DePaul's 171 points.

2018 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Team Scores and Award Winners

Men's Team Scores
1. Marquette - 230.5
2. Villanova - 173.5
3. DePaul - 124
4. Georgetown - 105
5. Butler - 98
6. Providence - 46
7. Xavier - 32

Women's Team Scores
1. Villanova - 196
2. DePaul - 171
3. Marquette - 162
4. St. John's - 141
5. Georgetown - 90
6. Butler - 36
7. Providence - 29
8. Xavier - 27

BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
Men's: Marquette
Women's: Villanova

BIG EAST Championship Outstanding Track Field Performer
Men's: Amos Bartelsmeyer, Georgetown
Women's: Nicole Hutchinson, Villanova
BIG EAST Championship Outstanding Field Performer
Men's: Wade Walder, Butler
Women's: Jade Gates, DePaul
BIG EAST Championship High Point Performer Award
Men's: Wade Walder, Butler - 23 points
Women's: Taylor Williams, Georgetown - 21.5 points

2018 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Event Winners
100-meter Dash: Sterling Pierce, Villanova - 10.60^
200-meter Dash: Nate Alleyne, Georgetown - 21.11
400-meter Dash: Brian Faust, Villanova - 47.28
800m-meter Run: Amos Bartelsmeyer, Georgetown - 1:49.50
1,500-meter Run: Johnny Leverenz, Butler - 4:02.93
5,000-meter Run: Casey Comber, Villanova - 14:23.57
10,000-meter Run: Nicholas Golebiowski, Georgetown - 30:10.36
110-meter Hurdles: Kyle Decker, DePaul - 14.56*^
400-meter Hurdles: Keegan Hughes, Villanova - 53.13
3,000-meter Steeplechase: Nick Steele, Villanova - 9:10.39
4x100-meter Relay: DePaul - 41.17
4x400-meter Relay: Villanova - 3:12.12
4x800-meter Relay: Georgetown - 7:38.39
High Jump: Daniel Armstrong, Marquette - 2.16m*
Long Jump: Samuel Johnson, Marquette - 7.00m
Triple Jump: Brian Mada, DePaul - 15.38m*^
Pole Vault: Joel Swanberg, Marquette - 4.95m
Hammer Throw: Brendan McKinney, Marquette - 56.88m
Javelin: Jack Judge, Villanova - 65.28m
Shot Put: Kyle Hedge, DePaul - 16.64m*
Discus: Bryan Bjerk, Georgetown - 54.57m
Decathlon: Wade Walder, Butler - 7020 points*

100-meter Dash: Taylor Williams, Georgetown - 11.81
200-meter Dash: Taylor Williams, Georgetown - 24.17
400-meter Dash: Maya Stephens, St. John's - 53.40*
800-meter Run: Siofra Cleirigh Buttner, Villanova - 2:06.79^
1,500-meter Run: Nicole Hutchinson, Villanova - 4:19.87
5,000-meter Run: Nicole Hutchinson, Villanova - 16:18.07
10,000-meter Run: Catarina Rocha, Providence - 33:39.43
100-meter Hurdles: Alexia Brooks, DePaul - 13.50
400-meter Hurdles: Allie Vogeler, Butler - 58.25
3,000-meter Steeplechase: Margie Cullen, Georgetown - 10:33.42
4x100-meter Relay: DePaul - 46.14
4x400-meter Relay: DePaul - 3:43.98
4x800-meter Relay: Villanova - 8:50.10
High Jump: Caroline Muller, DePaul - 1.65m
Pole Vault: Amanda McNelis, Villanova - 3.55m
Long Jump: Erica Graham, St. John's - 5.86m^
Triple Jump: Terica Harris, Marquette - 12.60m*
Shot Put: Emily Eller, DePaul - 14.44m
Javelin: Taryn Ashby, Villanova - 45.28m
Hammer Throw: Jade Gates, DePaul - 53.73m
Discus: Keely Knobbe, Marquette - 42.81m
Heptathlon: Eboni Birch, St. John's - 4462 points

*2017 BIG EAST Outdoor Champion
^2016 BIG EAST Outdoor Champion



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